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I am an Etsy addict, so when I saw these adorable onesie stickers from Purple Possom, right before I had my baby, I knew I wanted to document her first year this way.  It is so fun to see them now as a whole series and see how much she changed each month!

 

   

         

 

Now what am I going to do for month 13??

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Nothing like a party to motivate you to finish a long procrastinated project!

Over a year ago, I took down the few photos we had hanging over our dining room table to paint the wall a fun accent color.  Well, a full year later and I hadn’t gotten around to rehanging any of the pictures or updating the photos in the frame to include our newest family member.

SO for her first birthday party last Saturday, I was determined to get them hung!

Here is the step by step directions on what I did:

Step 1: The blank wall

Step 2: Layout the frames

Step 3: Make Paper Templates

Step 4: Arrange the templates on the wall

Step 4: Hang the Hardware (with a great helper!)

Step 5: The finished product!

I love, love, love how it looks and so glad I can cross another house project off my list!

I love products that help clean up that cute face!

Feeding your baby solid food is a fun milestone for any parent.  But boy, can it get messy!!  I love a pureed pea covered face as much as the next mom, but I also love any thing that helps me get the majority of the food, into her mouth!

While looking at mini spatula from Williams- Sonoma, I thought ” wouldn’t it be great if I could feed my baby with a spatula??”

Well.. Dr. Brown beat me to it.

I found these Dr. Brown’s Designed To Nourish 4 Pack Long Spatula Spoon.  Although they look a little strange, THEY ARE AWESOME!

Watch the video below to see them in action!

I love them so much that I am giving away a 4 pack to a lucky BUMP Life reader. (*this is NOT a sponsored post, I just like these spoons, so I bought YOU a pack!)

You can enter to win the spoons three ways (one entry per action, so you can get 3 entries if you comment all three places!)

1.  Leave a comment after this blog post

2.  Leave a comment on our Facebook page

3. Tweet me @bump_life

Want even more chances to win?

Retweet or repost this link on your twitter or Facebook page, and you’ll get ANOTHER entry! Just send me the link to your post and I’ll enter you again!

The winner will be chosen at random FRIDAY MARCH 2, 2012

We are busy getting ready for my daughter’s FIRST birthday here in the BUMP Life household.  But not to leave you hanging for a FRIDAY FIT TIP, you are in for a treat!

 

My friend, Caroline Jordan , has put together an AMAZING ab workout video.  Its only about 7 minutes long, and I guarantee you are going to feel it!  So give it a try today and check out her site and her other videos, she’s got some great suggestions!

 

And I’ll post party pictures later this week!!

 

Caroline Jordan Fitness: Medicine Ball Abs

HE’S allowed to touch my belly! But no strangers please!

The other day I walked into a local children’s store and a woman approached me.

“Hi!  I’m So-and-so and I am a local therapist and I am starting a new moms’ support group here on Tuesdays.  SO….when are you due??”

um…yeah….I’m not ‘due,’ I am a year post partum, but thanks for making me feel FANTASTIC about my post baby body!!

“Oh” I said instead, “I’m not pregnant.” And walked away.

All I could think was this woman is trying to HELP new moms feel supported and more confident about motherhood…and she opens with asking a not-pregnant woman, when she is due???  Yeah, probably not going to her support groups!

In my years of working with pregnant woman, I feel like I have heard it all.  But it seems like everyone has a crazy story of something that was said or done to them during their pregnancy (um…belly bumping???  What????).

I posed the question on my facebook page and I got some great responses!

Fit to Deliver

My favorite story, happened to one of my personal training clients while we were working out together at a local gym.  She was about 7 months pregnant and I assure you- she looked amazing.  A woman yelled from at least 30 feet away;

“Get the boiling water and the towels, she’s going to drop that baby any minute!”

The entire gym stopped and looked, while my poor client and I laughed uncomfortably.  I mean, when is it ok to yell anything across a crowded public place, to a stranger…

Family ties

What do you do when your own family members turn on you?  One Bump Life friend was told by her grandmother that she looked like a Kewpie doll!  Grandma!!

 

About to POP!

I think most people have no concept of what a 40-week pregnant woman looks like, so as soon as a woman starts showing it seems people’s first inclination is to say;

“oh…any day now!” or

“You’re about to pop!” (like ‘popping’ is what we want to do)

It MUST be twins

Probably the most common thing I hear from my pregnant friends is people asking them if they are having twins.  I mean, this happens ALL THE TIME.  The thing is, people are not really asking if you are actually carrying twins, they are telling you you look SO HUGE that the only logical explanation is there must be more than one baby in there.  Really??  That is NOT what a pregnant woman wants to hear!  (By the way, we don’t want to hear we are too small either!)

Druggie Mom

I LOVE this response one mom gave to her invasive questioning.  She actually did have twins and while out walking with the babies (after they were born).  A woman asked her if she ‘used drugs.’  Now, this woman was referring to the increase chance of having twins when using fertility drugs (uh…done of your business!!).  But my friend said she almost replied “…well this one time, in college…”  LOVE IT!!

Fear mongering

When I first confided in a friend that I was pregnant, but was lucky to not have any morning sickness, she told me that it probably meant there was something wrong with the baby.

WHAT?!?!

Even if that were true…which it is not, why would you say that to a newly pregnant woman!

And what about being told by a stranger your exercise routine is “probably going to kill your baby” while walking by.

Three is a Crowd

While pregnant with her 3rd child and walking with her other two, one Bump Life reader was told she was the problem with population control!!

Lets get Physical 

Can you imagine walking up to a perfect stranger to say hello and doing so while rubbing his belly?  Weird, creepy, assault worthy, right?  Then why do so many people touch pregnant women’s bellies??

And while we are on that topic; please don’t approach my baby in the shopping cart and kiss her face…yes, that just happened to me.

But how funny is the story of being ‘belly bumped’ by another pregnant woman, told by another bump life friend.  It’s like a high five for the babies.  Weird- yes- but kinda sweet too.

We all have these stories, and most of them we can just laugh off, but I am SO careful when I talk with pregnant woman (or a woman who I think is pregnant).  Here are some of the things I try to say when I see a lovely pregnant woman (when I am SURE she is pregnant!!!.)

  1. Congratulations!
  2. I love your ______ (scarf, shoes, purse- something that is not about being pregnant
  3. Pregnancy is tough sometime, but you look fantastic!
  4. Your skin is glowing!
  5. Can I hold the door for you?
  6. Good for you for exercising, you are taking care of yourself and your baby
  7. That was my favorite ________ product. (when you see a bewildered looking pregnant woman at Babies R Us trying to decide between two products)
  8. You are the perfect size!
  9. Your kids are adorable, I am sure the next one will be too!
  10. You look amazing!

What are some things you WISHED more people said to you when you were pregnant?

Join me on Facebook or Twitter to share your stories!!

Checking out sister

On Saturday, the “baby” will turn 1 year old.  All the cliches are true, I can’t believe it has been a year, I can’t believe how small she was, etc, etc.

 

I have loved watching her grow up over the last year.  All the milestones; rolling over, scooting backwards across the floor, the first wobbly steps (yes!  She is already walking, before 1!) and she just started mimicking sounds.

 

What I have really loved, is watching the relationship between brother and sister bloom.  Sure, he “accidentally” knocks her down and won’t let her hold any of his toys, even if he is not playing with them, but for the most part, he is really sweet with her.

 

She is starting to want to interact with him and making sounds that mean his name.

 

I love that they make each other laugh and hold hands in the back seat and tonight at dinner, he shared his cracker.

 

They say no other relationship shapes the person you become more than that with your sibling and I am so excited to she who they become with each other as their guide.

 

I'll picture this when they are screaming at each other in a few years

Last week’s Friday Fit Tip was all about multitasking.  I told you about my client who was finding time for fitness by doing her abdominal exercises sitting on her son’s bedroom floor while he falls asleep at night.  Brilliant!

So we thought we’d show you the four exercises that she does at night.


Seated Abdominal Series

Exercise #1: Heel Lifts

Starting position for all of the exercises in the series

Sit reclining back just until you feel some tension on your abs, but no back strain.  Pull your belly button into your spine, don’t let your abs push out.  Balance on heels.  Hold arms out straight in front of you (keep shoulders down).

Lift one leg up at a time. Maintain stability in your core though out the exercise.

Lift one heel at a time while maintaining core stability

Exercise #2: Seated twists

Start from the same reclined position, rotate to the side

Start in the same position as above.  Twist upper body moving hands(like you’re holding a ball) from hip to hip.

Maintain the recline and rotate to the other side

Exercise #3:  Arms Over Head

Draw your abs in!

Begin again from the reclined position.  Abs engaged.  Start with arms straight out in front of you and slowly raise them over your head and return to the starting position.  Your body does not move.

Bring arms over head slowly.

Exercise #4:  Triceps Dips

Still maintain abdominal engagement, even during arm exercises

Sit in same reclined position, abs still engaged.  Put hands on floor behind you, fingers pointing towards your body.  Bend your elbows and lower your upper body down.  Pull your abs in and push back to start position with your hands.

Lower your body down, keep belly button drawn in to spine

Do as many repetition of the above exercises as you can while maintaining good form and keeping peace in your house.  If you do 10 of each, or 30 of each, you’ll be fitting in fitness into your busy life!  You can do these exercises anywhere, any time.  As part of your kids bedtime routines, while you watch TV, on vacation or first thing in the morning.  The most important part is that you do them!

*special thanks to my lovely client, Amanda,  for being my model (and my inspiration for this post!)

Brady and his friends on an adventure at preschool

When I was pregnant, everyone told me I better get that little unborn baby on a handful of preschool waitlists.  I laughed at the stereotype I had seen in a million sitcoms and movies.

But I did it.

I researched schools while he breastfed and toured campuses with him in the ergo.  By the time he was 6 months old, we were on no less than seven waitlist.  And might I add that each wait list came with a “waitlist fee” of $50-$100…yes you read that right.

As a working mom, I was looking for a preschool that allowed kids to start at 2 years.  So the spring before he turned 2, I started receiving letters.

“we’re sorry, we don’t have a place for your son this year”

“Due to an increase in sibling enrollment, we don’t have space for him this year”

Each letter was like a punch to my own soul.

Why didn’t they want my wonderful, smart, adorable child?!?!?

 

I talked to my friends with older kids and they asked if I had called the school on a weekly basis to “check” his waitlist status.  Another asked if I was sending Christmas cards to the schools?  And had I made any donations to their fund?

WHAT?!?!

Fast-forward 2 years.  We found an amazing in-home preschool with a fantastic teacher.  With just 6 kids, they get a ton of attention, explore nature in a huge back yard, study different cultures, make amazing art projects, go on field trips to collect shells at the beach and discuss what sounds the leaves make when they crunch under their feet.  It’s a great school with a great community of parents and Brady has completely blossomed there.  (And little Ry will start there in the fall!)

But I think Brady needs to spread his wings next year…

So, I am back to trying to find him a place at a preschool/pre-k program for next fall

I am STRESSED out about;

  1. Finding the right place for him
  2. Getting accepted into that place
  3. Paying for it

Concern #1- Finding the Right Place for Him

Preschool Philosophies

There are also many different preschool philosophies- play-based, Waldorf, Reggio, Montessori, Developmental, etc.  With all my research and touring schools, I think I have narrowed down what philosophies fit with our family.

But of course that rules out more schools.

When to start Kindergarten:

Brady will be 4 this summer.  A big part of my internal debate has to do with kindergarten and if he will start next year when he is 5 or if I will have him wait a full year and start when he is 6.  Being a boy with a summer birthday, I think he might flourish with and extra year to grow up, and although I think he could handle kindergarten at 5, I am trying to think ahead to when he is in 3rd grade or 10th.

So, I am looking for a program that has an option for two more years.

Concern #2- Getting Him Into Those Schools

As if it wasn’t hard enough to choose the right school for my son and for our family, there is still that pesky matter of getting in.

Each year, the school’s get more and more set in their class rosters.  Really, the only openings that come up at this point are if a family moves or leaves the school.  So even though we have moved up to #5 or even #2 on a waitlist.  That means that 5 families who are already enrolled have to leave….doesn’t seem promising.

And, even though I have expanded my search from that initial exploration at age 6 months.  ALL of the schools have long waitlists.  So if we haven’t been on the list for the last 3 years, we would be SO low on the list, that it is probably pointless.

Concern #3- Paying for It

A brand new preschool opened in my area last year.  They have a beautiful garden, all new toys, a wonderful philosophy, and there are spaces for next year.  And it costs 40% more than the other schools I am looking at.  It is quite literally MORE in annual tuition than I paid for my University education…for preschool.

And that is not even taking into consideration that we still have to pay for childcare for our other child!

I try to remind myself that things work out the way they are supposed to, that it is only preschool and that we are not the only parents to go through this struggle.

As parents, you just want what is best for your child and as a working mom (who struggles with a little guilt for working), I also want to know that if my children are not with me, they are in the best possible circumstance.

So for now, I’ll wait, and call the admissions offices on a weekly basis, and keep reminding my self that everything happen for a reason.

Hopefully, you’ll soon be reading the post about how he got into a great school and we are so happy and I was over reacting for worrying so much.

I’d love your feedback.  Did you stress about preschool??  Am I over reacting?  Do I need to send Christmas Cards?

The BUMP Life Kids

Hello Bump Life Readers!

 

The Trendiest Kids on the Blog is looking for guest bloggers and I’d love to join their team.  So here is a little more about me, BUMP Life and why I think I’d be a good fit for their blog.

 

As a personal trainer who specializes in pre and postnatal fitness, I have spent my career helping moms be healthy and fit.  But what I loved most about working with my clients is the conversations about REAL issues that we talk about between bicep curls.

 

When I had my son, Brady, in 2008 I realized how much bigger this conversation was than fitness.  Fitness is important but so was everything else.  Especially the sense of community, the sense of a good friend, that person you can text and say “I’m having a hard time with this parenting thing” or “what bottles did you baby use?”

 

I realized that by sharing stories, we all felt better about the job we were doing as parents.
When my daughter was born, I needed a community even more.

 

So, I started blogging.

 

I want BUMP life to be that friend, that community. I want it to be a hub of information.  I want to help moms navigate the waters of parenting and not feel like they are alone.

 

A checklist for the hospital, got it.  How to prevent leaky diapers, yup!  A story about my kid throwing a temper tantrum just like yours….yeah he does.  A video review of my favorite baby spoons (with a demo by my lovely assistant baby Rylan)…coming this Saturday!

 

I think writing for Trendiest Kids on the Blog would be a great opportunity for me as a newbie blogger and a whole lot of fun!!  I love to share information with my mommy community and I would love to share information with the Trendiest Kids on the Blog community too!!

 

After all, we are all in the BUMP life together!

 

So be sure to check out their site, Trendiest Kids on the Blog, you’ll get some great information on kids products and who knows….maybe you’ll see me over there soon!

 

Come learn more about me and join the conversation at:

www.facebook.com/bumplife

twitter: @bump_life

Blog: www.bumplife.com

 

Megan Flatt

San Francisco Bay Area, California

Mom to Brady, 3.5 and Rylan, 1 (next week!)

I am SO excited….

 

 

The BUMP Life community is growing and conversations are starting.  You are starting to ask questions and you are starting to answer each other’s questions. What a GREAT community!!

 

I am so excited to announce a new feature here on BUMP Life.

 

BUMP Life’s Video Mail Bag

 

Each episode,  I’ll take questions from the BUMP life community, summarizes suggestions, gives my personal opinion and researches expert advice.

 

Today’s installment addresses Overnight Diaper Leaks.

 

Watch the video for 3 tips for keeping your kids dry while they sleep, plus a bonus tip for boys!

Don’t feel like watching the video?  Thats ok too!

Here are the tips:
1. Overnight Diaper in 1 size up from the normal diaper sizeHuggies Diapers Overnite, Step 5, Big Pack, 52 Count

2. Diaper Liner/Diaper DoublerTranquility TopLiner Mini Booster Pad Diaper Inserts Pk/25

3. Cloth diaper cover- like the kind used for cloth diapering, over the top of the whole thinggDiapers Little gPants, Golly Molly Pink, Large (26-36 Pounds)

Bonus tip:  If you have a boy, point the ‘firehouse’ down to insure the urine goes into the most absorbent part of the diaper.

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